Startup Monterey Bay supports entrepreneurs, innovators and the startup community in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties by providing information about local resources, training, workshops, events, competitions, and opportunities to connect and network. This is a great region to live and work and we want to enable local entrepreneurs, innovators and startups to be able to succeed in this region.

Startup Monterey Bay is a project of CSU Monterey Bay’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development.

Leadership Team

Associated Professors and Researchers

  • Miguel Lara, PhD, School of Computing and Design
  • Krzysztof Pietroszek, PhD, School of Computing and Design
  • Heiko Wieland, PhD, College of Business
  • Jarrett Bachman, College of Business

Student Assistants

  • Anjika Grinager, Staff Mentor to Students
  • Brian McCrary, Junior Achievement Intern
  • Donald Brennan, CHHS Field Placement intern
  • Kami Herrera, Communications Design intern
  • Karyn Liensdorf, Assistant to Executive Director intern
  • Lynnette Vong, Event Management Assistant
  • Mireya Leon, Web Design Intern
  • Robert Gill, CHHS Field Placement intern
  • Stephon Newsome, Marketing intern
  • Tina Campbell, Event Management Intern